The Morning Dispatch: Monday, October 14, 2019

Good morning, and happy Monday. Here’s hoping you didn’t have too much money on the Cowboys yesterday. 

The Unraveling

It’s rare to see the consequences of a major foreign policy decision unfold so quickly and with such unambiguously catastrophic consequences. 

On October 6, the White House announced that Turkey would be moving into northern Syria. The U.S. military would neither assist in the operation nor try to stop it, and our personnel would be leaving the immediate area. In practical terms, the Trump administration was effectively greenlighting an attack by Turkey and its affiliated militia groups against the Kurds who had fought alongside U.S. forces to neutralize ISIS. 

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